A parenting & lifestyle blog written by Claire Chircop.

Beauty | 5 Summer Beauty Favourites.

It's debatable that we've even had one, but as August draws in it means that Summer's on its way out. Personally I'll be sad to see Summer go, the dewy makeup looks, long loose beachy hair & fresh summer scents. I've really enjoyed experimenting more with beauty this Summer and I'm sure I'll carry these products further into the year but as the title suggests, here's my fave five of the season.
I was very lucky to receive this scent as a birthday present last month. It's a scent I'd not actually heard of previously, but it's one I've fallen in love with. Splash Pear is an obviously fruity scent but it's much more grown up than anything else similar that I've smelt, and lingers around throughout the day making me feel super fresh and sophisticated. I like fruitier scents in general, but feel they're so much more appropriate for this time of year.

I've had this highlight in my collection for almost a year now, truth be told I thought I'd lost it not that long ago, but it had just dropped behind my dressing table. If that isn't a sign I've got too much makeup I don't know what is. I love the versatility of this product though, I either mix it in with my foundation or swipe it straight into the tops of my cheeks as a standard highlight. In my opinion you can never have too much highlight, especially in Summer, and for me this product is just perfect - I haven't found another which has beaten it so far!

I've had this palette in my collection for such a long time now but I've only recently rediscovered it again. I think it's because Urban Decay have just brought out the Heat palette, that it's put the Naked 3 palette to the forefront of my mind. The shades are absolutely perfect for me, I love the rosy tones and the mix of mattes and shimmers. It's just perfect!
A newbie to my collection, this mascara has hit me hard! I'm in love with the formula, it's so nourishing, so lengthening and makes my lashes super duper fluttery. I don't have to worry about fall out with this product either, which is often a concern when it comes to mascara. Usually by the end of the day I've got the pandaiest (put that in the dictionary Susie Dent) of panda eyes, but with this they look exactly the same at 9pm as they do at 9am.

Something I said right at the beginning of the year is that I wanted to spend more time moisturising my body & even though it's something I fallen quite slack with a few months ago, I'm well & truly on the moisturising bandwagon. This body sorbet is my go to product at the moment. I love the gel like texture to it, it's super duper light, gets the job done, and smells incredible!

Have you used any of these products before? If you had to pick, what's the one product you haven't been able to live without this Summer?

Claire. X

Beauty | Loreal Paradise Mascara

It feels like there's new products appearing at our beauty counters every single day now. New palettes, new lip products - It's quite hard to keep up! But one product I did want to keep up with & was very excited about is the Loreal Paradise mascara.
I've seen this product being promoted left right and centre over the last month or so, which means for me it can either go one of two ways. I'm either going to completely hate it and not feel the hype what so ever, or I'm going to fall hook line and sinker in love and wear it to death. Thankfully for me, this one was the latter.
It was a mix of things really that got me so excited about this mascara; The hype, the branding, the fact it's from my favourite cosmetics brand, but also because it's come at the exact right time! My previous mascara fave, Miss Hippie which funnily enough is also from Loreal has ran out which makes me very sad!
As soon as I layered the product onto my lashes I noticed how nourishing and silky feeling the liquid is, which is quite a bizarre thing to say about a mascara. But it's only since looking into the product that I've realised it contains super nourishing caster oil which is fab and leaves my lashes feeling feather soft.
Another biggie for me is that this mascara claims to be flake free & as claims go that's a pretty big one! But let me tell you, it's bloody well true. I've worn this mascara now on countless occasions, rubbed my eyes, cried with laughter, so on and so forth, and it hasn't budged! It's great! All I need now is this in a waterproof formula.

My lashes were well and truly taken to paradise! Have you tried anything from the Loreal Paradise range? 

Claire. X

Fashion | Hounds Tooth Culottes

You may have seen that last week I tweeted about finding THE best fitting pair of culottes ever to grace my existence. Well hey presto & as if by magic!... Here they are. (Shortest & sweetest blog post intro ever).

These culottes were one of those purchases that I knew almost instantly as soon as seeing them I'd be wearing them for years to come. I could picture wearing them  with so many different pieces that I already have in my wardrobe & that excited me so much! I've been into fashion for as long as I remember, and even though I love everything that I've bought so far this year, this pair of culottes are something else! 

I only picked up one pair (at that time, teehee) but there were two other colours when I went into Primark, a beautiful dusky pink shade and a pale pastel grey pair... Which I have since purchased since photographing these images. Eek! Story of my life! But when you find something that fits absolutely perfectly I think you should go ahead and buy it in every blooming colour!

With the culottes being quite wide legged I've opted for a simplistic black silky Cami to counterbalance the silhouette, but threw over my trusty oversized aviator jacket. The jacket was quite a big purchase for me but I've worn it to absolute death making it so worth it! I love how casual this outfit is when everything's worn together, but I'm so excited to wear the culottes withg a white blouse and some killer black stilettos. Total Va-Va-Voom!
What's your take on culottes? How would you wear them come Autumn/Winter?